‘Paranoiac’ Was One of Hammer’s Very Best “Mini-Hitchcock” Thrillers [Hammer Factory]

Welcome to the Hammer Factory. This month we dissect Paranoiac (1963). While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the public eye, resurrecting […]

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Resurrection: ‘The Curse of Frankenstein’ and the Rebirth of Gothic Horror

It seems that every decade or so the horror genre is declared dead only for a groundbreaking film to come along and resurrect it. In the late 1950s, that film was The Curse of Frankenstein. The “death” of horror is always hyperbole, often merely declaring the end of a particular trend within the genre, but […]

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‘The Evil of Frankenstein’ is a Fascinating Oddity in Hammer’s Frankenstein Series [Hammer Factory]

Welcome to the Hammer Factory. This month we dissect The Evil of Frankenstein (1964). While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the public eye, resurrecting […]

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‘Lust for a Vampire’ Was the Middling Midpoint for a Hammer Horror Trilogy [Hammer Factory]

Welcome to the Hammer Factory. This month we dissect Lust for a Vampire (1971). While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the […]

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Hammer Horror Movie ‘Night Creatures’ Starring Peter Cushing Getting a Blu-ray Upgrade

Scream Factory has released so many Hammer Horror movies in recent years that we have a whole column dedicated to them – Paul Farrell’s endlessly informative and insightful series Hammer Factory – and they’ve just announced a brand new upcoming release today. Also titled Captain Clegg, 1962’s Night Creatures is next coming to Blu-ray! “In […]

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‘The Witches’ Put an Academy Award Winning Actress Up Against the Dark Arts [Hammer Factory]

While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the public eye, resurrecting the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy in vivid […]

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Hammer Films Forms Hammer Studios Ltd. to Restore Classic Horror Films and Make New Ones!

You can’t talk about the history of horror without talking about Hammer Horror, with Hammer Film Productions over the years releasing countless classics including their own takes on iconic monsters such as Dracula, Frankenstein, and The Mummy, and still pumping out new horror to this day with newer movies such as The Woman in Black […]

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‘The Brides of Dracula’ is a True Masterwork of the Macabre [Hammer Factory]

While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the public eye, resurrecting the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy in vivid […]

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‘X The Unknown’ Was One of Hammer’s More Interesting Tales of Disquieting Science [Hammer Factory]

While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the public eye, resurrecting the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy in vivid […]

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Looking Back at the Horror Movies and Their Monsters That Inspired “Castlevania”

My first console was a second-hand Super Nintendo, and before I was even old enough to process what a “videogame” was, I was already begging my parents for more “playable movies” to put on the TV. While that’s a pretty reductive way of looking at gaming, it’s also not entirely inaccurate. In fact, legendary developer […]

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Gaslighting Thriller ‘Taste of Fear’ is One of Hammer’s Best [Horrors Elsewhere]

Horrors Elsewhere is a recurring column that spotlights a variety of movies from all around the globe, particularly those not from the United States. Fears may not be universal, but one thing is for sure — a scream is understood, always and everywhere. Hammer Productions was unmatched when it came to gothic horror during its […]

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‘Rasputin: The Mad Monk’ Delivered One of Christopher Lee’s Finest Hours [Hammer Factory]

While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the public eye, resurrecting the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy in vivid […]

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‘Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb’ Was One of Hammer’s Last Great Monster Movies [Hammer Factory]

While Hammer Studios has been in business since 1934, it was between 1955 and 1979 that it towered as one of the premier sources of edgy, gothic horror. On top of ushering the famous monsters of Universal’s horror heyday back into the public eye, resurrecting the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula and the Mummy in vivid […]

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